Temperatures continue to climb in Columbus, which means one thing – your AC is about to go in to full blown summer mode and run quite a bit more. That’s why it’s so crucial to plan ahead and have an AC repair technician identified if your air conditioner decides it’s worked hard enough and breaks down.
Of course it’s not as easy as choosing a name and number out of a phone book like it used to be, and there are plenty of companies out there that are looking to take advantage of your adversity. That’s why Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling has put together a list of things to keep an eye out for in an AC repair technician.
So how might you know if you’re dealing with a shady AC repair technician?
1) Full payment – in cash prior to beginning the work
It can be hard to believe that there are contractors out there like this, but they exist. Not only does this put you in danger of not having your AC repair completed, it can easily lead to careless work and a great deal of frustration if you have any trouble after the work is completed. Plain and simple, most reputable contractors will offer an estimate and will not make you pay prior to work beginning.
2) Offers a specific AC repair cost without inspecting the system
If a contractor hasn’t come out and examined your air conditioner to get the complete picture of what is wrong with your system, how can you be 100 percent sure that they took care of the problem? Find someone who is willing to provide you an honest estimate after they come and inspect your air conditioner to completely recognize what the problem is. It can help you save money and time.
3) Won’t put it in writing
Never, ever settle on this one. If you can’t get a contractor to put their work and charges in writing, you might as well be handing over a signed, blank check. With any AC repair, you could run in to things here or there that also need to be handled, but they can be added to the agreed upon contract later.
Having a signed contract from the get-go means you are on the same page with your contractor when it comes to what is being worked on, what is being changed, timeline for completion, and cost involved.
4) They aren’t licensed in your state
Of course, not all states require licensure for HVAC contractors, but many do. Do a quick search online to see if your state requires a license so you know what you’re asking for when contacting a contractor. The benefit to living in a state that requires a license is that it protects you from using a contractor with less than capable workers, and in the chance you run in to a problem, you can to report any issues with the work you received.
Typically when you encounter a contractor working without a license in a state that requires it, you’re more than likely dealing with someone you shouldn’t be. There’s most likely a reason they don’t have a license and it’s easy to determine they’re up to no good.
Sure, these four tips may not stop every encounter with an undesirable contractor, but they can help you determine who to trust and who not to trust in the Columbus area. Fortunately for you, you can always trust the experienced pros at Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling to get the job done correctly the first time. Give them a call at 614-451-0846.